Many people start to feel dissatisfied with their lot as the years pass. Our priorities change as we grow older, and we start to think longer term. One big area many people feel disillusioned about is their career. Considering the average person spends over nineteen hundred hours a year at work, it’s not surprising it’s a big factor in our overall happiness.
Thankfully, it’s now easier than ever to change the course of our lives. Whether it’s job hunting or retraining, there is no reason to remain stuck on a path you’re not happy with or is leaving you unfulfilled. Below are some ways to help make your world bigger and improve your career prospects.
Put yourself out there
Whether it’s through LinkedIn or volunteer work, increasing your circle will bring opportunities. Volunteering also looks great on your CV when the time comes. Any time spent with new people will help to build your contacts and open up doors, especially if those people are involved in an area relevant to your current or new industry.
Hit the books
Whether you’re looking to up skill in your current role, or completely change career, the truth is it’s going to be hard if you don’t put in the work. Current courses don’t need to interfere with your existing job. Nearly every course available has an online equivalent. Whether you’re considering nursing masters programs or learning programming languages, the only barrier to your new life is you. Get out there and do it.
Become more productive
Procrastination can be your worst enemy. Whining about your current situation while spending three hours a day watching YouTube and playing games on your phone isn’t going to get you very far. Breaking bad habits to be more productive can open up a world of possibilities for you.
Procrastination is a habit that will not only affect your job, but your personal life too. It reduces your focus, increases stress levels, and holds you back. Limiting your screen time can be liberating. There are many strategies to help you combat procrastination, but all lasting ways will require a small amount of discipline and plenty of consistency to be effective. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much you can achieve in an hour when you’re truly focused on the task at hand.
Become a better version of you
As well as job career-specific training, there are many other more general areas you can consciously improve to help you improve your prospects. A huge area for most careers is communication. Being able to clearly and articulately communicate with other people over a variety of mediums will not only make you far more effective but will also help you to be more confident in any situation.
If you’re nervous when the attention turns to you, then try to find ways to put yourself in the spotlight to help you become accustomed to it. Read about strategies others have used to help them talk clearly and concisely, even when the pressure is on.
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